Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Sliding knot fob/lanyard

A simple lanyard sometimes found on fixed blades and machetes that I've seen, is a single strand of paracord thru the lanyard hole with an o-ring, nut, or washer slid on, and single stopper/overhand type knots on each end of the strands.

This allows the o-ring/nut/washer to be slid all the way up to the knife handle so the two strands hang free while the blade is sheathed and the loop is less likely to catch on something as you walk/hike/travel along.

When it comes time to use the knife, the 0-ring/nut/washer is slid down to the stopper knots and now you have a wrist loop/lanyard for retention.

I've just done the same type thing here as a fob/lanyard for a Victorinox Ranger, but with a four strand braid, pairing the strand ends off to make lanyard knots, slid a wooden bead onto the braided section, and added a 5 lead 4 bight Turk's Head knot over the bead for the 'sliding knot'. Any Boy Scout or Cub Scout that has tied a woggle for their neckerchief may think of this as a smaller version, and Western style bolo ties are also similar.


Anonymous said...

I was wandering what kind of material you used in this sliding lanyard. Thank.

Stormdrane said...

I used 1.4mm braided nylon cord that I bought from ebay seller 'mowfugger'. The wooden bead is the common type I've used before, from places like walmart and Michael's craft store.

For the braided section, I used four 3 ft long sections to start, which was too much, as I ended up trimming about a foot off each one.

The Turk's Head knot probably used only a couple of feet of cord, being as small as it is.

Anonymous said...

I would love to see you demonstrate a pineapple knot sometime.